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HPE Synergy and the transition to composable infrastructure


By blogger, Alison Golan

The guys from theCUBE were busy at Discover London last month, deliberating with numerous folks about the HPE Synergy announcement. They talked with HPE’s Paul Miller, Vice President of Marketing - Converged Datacenter Infrastructure, along with Patrick Moorhead, Principal Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. Miller revealed customer reactions to HPE Synergy and Moorhead shared his perspectives on HPE’s strategy and where he believes customers are in their journey toward a more efficient datacenter using composable architecture.

When asked about customer feedback, Miller responded, “It’s been phenomenal! The booth area has been jam-packed with customers. They want to hear the story; they want to understand how they can actually deliver at cloud speed.” According to Miller, customers also want to know how to take their traditional apps, the new cloud apps and their DevOps environment—and marry them altogether to accelerate simplicity in their business.

“We’ve been working on areas of converged Infrastructure and hyper-converged systems, and now we need to take it to the next plateau, and that’s what HPE Synergy does,” continued Miller. HPE Synergy is the industry’s first infrastructure built from the ground up for composability, consisting of fluid resource pools of compute, storage and flexible fabric—all defined by intelligent software and controlled by a unified API.

John Furrier from theCUBE asked Moorhead for his take on the HPE Synergy news and where HPE stands in terms of competing products and technologies. Moorhead responded, “When I looked at the comprehensiveness—server, storage, networking, DevOps, virtualization and hybrid cloud, at least right now, they [HPE] are the most comprehensive composable solution out there.”

Moorhead went on to explain how composable infrastructure is becoming mainstream; it’s now front and center in the industry. Yet he believes businesses are still struggling as they try to figure out what type of platforms they should be deploying in order to best meet their needs today and into the future.

Miller agreed saying, “When you think about the migration and transition, we don't believe that everyone's going to jump on composable day one. There is still a big consumption model for the delivery models of converged, as well as hyper-converged, so we believe that it's going to be a transition as people start to look at the tools of composable and understand what they are.”

Moorhead summed up his thoughts on how businesses should move to a more efficient, composable datacenter. “My recommendation is to find somebody who supports different operating models—all the way from rack and stack to converged, hyper-converged and ultimately composable,” stated Moorhead.  He believes that that the transition for businesses to composable won’t happen overnight; because every business is on a different journey, they will need to be content with different architectures, at least for the time being.

To watch the full interview, view the video below:

More information on HPE Synergy and HPE Composable Infrastructure, check out these resources:
Convergence today, composability tomorrow
Delivering composability and simplified infrastructure with HPE Synergy
The Design Principals of HPE Synergy
Industry analysts weigh in on the newly announced HPE Synergy
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Introduces New Class of System to Power Next Era in Hybrid Infrastructure



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